Lieutenant V H Misa

V H Misa was educated at Eton and commissioned on 4 Sep 1912. He went to France with the Queen's Bays in 1914 as a 2nd lieutenant and fought at the battle of Nery on 1 Sep. When the Germans occupied some buildings near the sugar factory Misa and Lieut Champion de Crespigny took 15 men and attacked. They captured and held the position until de Crespigny was killed and most of the men were either killed or wounded. Lt Misa and two others were the only ones who came out of it unscathed, and Misa was mentioned in Lord French's despatch.

He was, however, wounded on 13 May 1915 at the second battle of Ypres when the Bays suffered a heavy bombardment that killed two officers and 28 other ranks, wounding Misa and 32 others. He was promoted to lieutenant on 6 June 1915. He was wounded again on 9 Oct 1918 when he was acting as liaison officer near Le Cateau. The photo shows him in khaki service dress before the war. He is also standing in a group photo which reveals that he was a short man, probably around 5 foot tall.

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